Common weeds, grow bags, 15 cornstarch uses!

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, April 9, 2021

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This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
And nestlings fly
.
–Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

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Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
 
13 Common Garden Weeds
13 Common Garden Weeds
No one likes to talk about weeds, but some plants compete with your garden for nutrients, water, and light, as well as harbor diseases and pests. Here are 13 of the most common weeds found in gardens and lawns—with weed identification pictures and tips on how to manage their growth.
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This Simple Skin Fix May Surprise You

If you’ve ever struggled with dry skin, rashes, age spots, or wrinkles… please pay close attention. You see: scientists have discovered the root cause of 93% of all skin problems – and it’s NOT what you think. In fact… They’ve discovered a 2-minute home remedy for more youthful skin…

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Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
I find ferns and fiddleheads fascinating (say that five times!). Harvesting the young tips of the ostrich fern is a spring tradition that has its roots in Native American times. As a family, ferns are truly ancient—growing BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth! Learn more about magical fern folklore,...
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What's an easy way to grow lots of veggies this year?
Now in its third printing, the Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook is the perfect companion for every vegetable gardener—even those who have never touched a trowel and wouldn’t know mulch from mud! Order the Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook today!

 

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Discover Grow Bags: An Alternative Plant Container
Discover Grow Bags: An Alternative Plant Container
If, like me, you resort to using containers to grow some of your plants, try using a grow bag this year. They have some advantages over plastic pots or terra cotta. I was especially interested to learn about “air pruning.” Here’s why and when to use a grow bag and some different types of grow bags.
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Get out to the market with delightful tote bags!

Double-sided market totes perfect for all your shopping needs! These tote bags of durable canvas will easily transport all your fresh fruits and veggies!

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Blue Ribbon Banana Bread
Blue Ribbon Banana Bread

Got ripe bananas? Make Banana Nut Bread! This recipe is a state fair blue ribbon winner and has a wonderfully rich banana favor.

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What's the perfect gift for a guitar player?

The Guitar Pewter Keyring is the perfect accessory for your favorite musician. Spice up your set of keys with this keyring handcrafted in Middlebury, Vermont!

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15 Household Uses for Cornstarch
15 Household Uses for Cornstarch
You probably have a box of cornstarch sitting on a pantry shelf, waiting to thicken your next cream sauce or gravy. But did you know it can also serve as a cheap, nontoxic staple product that cuts grease, removes stains, scrubs, deodorizes, untangles, transforms into non-toxic finger paint, and...
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The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner is an easy-to-use online program that helps you plan your garden! Whether you want to create a garden for vegetables, a kitchen garden for herbs, or a beautiful flower garden, our Garden Planner will help you find the best layout for your space—plus provide all your planting and harvesting dates!

 

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